MATTHEWS - An autopsy is to be conducted today on a 48-year-old New Madrid County man who died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
An autopsy is scheduled for 10 a.m. today for Kevin Shelly, who resided on County Road 710, east of Matthews. Shelly was pronounced dead at the Missouri Delta Medical Center Wednesday afternoon from a wound he received from a .22-caliber pistol.
According to New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens, his department received the report of the shooting at Shelly's residence at about 12:30 p.m.
Stevens said deputies had some trouble reaching the residence due to the flood waters. When deputies were able to reach the victime, they began efforts to revive him and called for emergency medical personnel, who transferred Shelly to the hospital.
Stevens stated a woman was at the residence at the time of the shooting. She was questioned by investigators with the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The investigation is continuing today. "As with all death investigation we are investigations we are treating it as a homicide until we determine otherwise," said Stevens.
The sheriff said he will confer with the prosecutor and a coroner's jury may be called for the case.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Pemiscot County man was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison on a felony drug charge.
Damion Wilson of Caruthersville was sentenced to 188 months on one felony count of distribution of a controlled substance (Cocaine Base). Upon release from prison, Wilson will be placed on supervised release for a period of five years.
Previously with his plea, Wilson admitted that on or about Nov. 20, 2006, he distributed a substance containing cocaine base (also referred to as "crack") to a confidential informant in Caruthersville. The CI paid Wilson $400 for one-half ounce of cocaine base. Also admitted that he has at least two prior felony convictions of either a crime of violence or a controlled substance offense.